Australia COVID-19 Informal Mutual Aid Database
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What is this doc?
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This is a searchable database of Australian informal (ie not a registered organisation) mutual aid groups, organised by state. It is an initiative of In Good Faith Foundation, which supports survivors of institutional abuse, and it is intended to allow all people to rapidly find local community mutual aid resources. It is also linked to http://www.helpfulneighbours.com.au/ .
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Go to the bottom and use the tabs to see each state. Scroll down to see each table of orgs.
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There are safety instructions to read first, to make sure your mutual aid is done as safely as it can be!
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Use this sheet to find your local group and help and/or get help from them. We're all in this together!
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How can new groups be added to this doc? Can I share this doc?
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If you'd like your group added, you can email aus.mutual.aid.database@gmail.com and we'll review the group to add it within a day!
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You can share this database by copying and pasting this link: http://tiny.cc/9ibhlz
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What else should I know about helping in my community right now, and places I can turn?
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Copy and paste this link for a google doc guide to helping in your community right now: http://tiny.cc/z65glz
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Brief safer helping guide to minimise infection spread:
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1. DO NOT volunteer if you are sick, experiencing any symptoms, self-isolating due to known recent exposure, or anyone in your household is any of these things
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2. Use soap-handwashing/thoroughly rubbed in hand sanitiser BEFORE, AFTER and BETWEEN all pickups and deliveries
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3. DO NOT give lifts to vulnerable people or enter anyone's homes. Structure your volunteering for maximum physical distancing.
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4. Leave all deliveries at the door. When calling is an option, call to tell people about the delivery.
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5. No handshakes or hugs. You can still use words to share warmth and care :)
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6. Keep a 6 foot distance between you and others at all times.
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7. Tell people they need to sanitise their deliveries when they get them. If you have sanitising materials to share with deliveries, check if they are needed and then share them.
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8. Regularly sanitise your phone, regular touch points on your vehicle like handles, bike bars and doors, and other things you touch often while doing pickups/deliveries.
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Always give reminder instructions to helpers and folks who need help on avoiding infection via delivered items, at every stage of transport - do not presume everyone knows!
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Ok, you're ready to find your group!
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Regions covered (list all)Initiative type (eg food delivery, money, social support, all/mixed mutual aid)
Target group (if specific - otherwise "all")
Initiative nameLink or contact details
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Melbourne - all NorthsideAll/mixed mutual aidAllNorthSide Melbourne CoronaVirus Outreach
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2467532753498978/?hc_location=ufi
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Melbourne - all EastsideAll/mixed mutual aidAllEastside Melbourne Coronavirus Outreach
https://www.facebook.com/groups/EastsideMelbCoronavirusOutreach/
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Melbourne - all SouthsideAll/mixed mutual aidAllSouthside Melbourne Coronavirus Outreachhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/486869402197064/
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Melbourne - all WestsideAll/mixed mutual aidAllWestside Melbourne Coronavirus Outreachhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/614273975816743/
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Melbourne - unspecifiedAll/mixed mutual aidAll (LGBTQIA+ volunteer led)COVID-19 Queer Aid Naarm / Melbournehttps://www.facebook.com/groups/162278224778441/
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Melbourne - unspecifiedAll/mixed mutual aidAllLove your neighbour Melbourne: COVID-19 inspired local connectionshttps://www.facebook.com/groups/lynmelbourne/?hc_location=ufi
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Victoria - unspecifiedFood - Grocery share/swapAllProject share - open pantry grocery swap
https://www.facebook.com/groups/248032376213090/?hc_location=ufi
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Victoria - unspecifiedAll/mixed mutual aidAboriginal and Torres Strait IslanderBlackfullas COVID-19 Support and Assistance Victoria
https://www.facebook.com/groups/679965322543965/?hc_location=ufi
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Victoria - Cranbourne, Frankston, Tooradin, Hampton Park, Lyndhurst, Lynbrook, Junction Village, Devon Meadows, Narre Warren, Berwick
Food delivery - 18 March 2020 to 1 April 2020, 6pm - 8pm daily, 7 days a week - orders placed by 12pm each day
AllSikh Volunteers Australia
Call or text one of these two numbers: 0423 359 279 or 0401 509 236
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Victoria - allAll/mixed mutual aidLGBTQIA+Queer Community Mutual Aid Network Vic
https://www.facebook.com/groups/queercommunitymutualaidcollective/
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Castlemaine - city and surroundsAll/mixed mutual aidAllWith LOVE, your neighbour Castlemaine&Surrounds (COVID19 - Locals connect)https://www.facebook.com/groups/635480140576204/
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CastlemaineAll/mixed mutual aidAllWest End Resiliencehttps://www.facebook.com/groups/1755902941210459//
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Melbourne - Essendon, Strathmore,Aberfeldie, Niddrie, Moonee Ponds, Ascot Vale, Airport West, Avondale and Keilor
All/mixed mutual aidAllEssendon Coronavirus Mutual Aidhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/550949052208145/?ref=br_rs
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BallaratAll/mixed mutual aidAllBallarat COVID-19 Mutual Aid and Networkinghttps://www.facebook.com/groups/246479159824984/
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Victoria - allAll/mixed mutual aidJewishJewish response | Coronavirus (VIC)https://www.facebook.com/groups/215421613037244/
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Melbourne - allAll/mixed mutual aidAllCareMongering Melbournehttps://www.facebook.com/groups/209733673634831/
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Alpine region - including but not limited to Bright, Porepunkah, Wandiligong, Freeburgh, Smoko, Harrietville, Myrtleford, Ovens and Eurobin
All/mixed mutual aid - buddy up (partner high risk people w low risk for ongoing aid)
AllAlpine Buddy Uphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/230349221352628/
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Warnambool - North West, including those who live, work, study etc in the area bounded by Laverock Rd to the west, Daltons Rd to the north, Hopetoun Rd to the east, and Raglan Pde in the southAll/mixed mutual aidAllNorth West Warrnambool Mutual Aidhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/778388405983925/
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Melbourne - allItem sharing and swap (with some mixed mutual aid activities)AllCommunity Chest Melbourne - Covid19 Relief Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/communitychestmelbourne/
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Bendigo - allItem sharing and swapAllGrocery swap Covid19 crisis BENDIGOhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/496335557938467/
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Melbourne - Footscray and surrounding Western suburbs
All/mixed mutual aidLGBTQIA+Footsgays supporthttps://www.facebook.com/groups/586000435304208/
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Melbourne - Redan Street, St Kilda (can extend across East St Kilda)All/mixed mutual aidAllRedaNeighboursMutualAidCall 0432990750
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Melbourne - Thornbury, Preston, Fitzroy North, Brunswick East, Alpington; more locations to comeFood delivery - pay what you feelAllLentil As AnythingOrder by phone at 0406 101 181 or online at https://www.lentilasanything.com/order-online-links
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Barwon South West - Surf Coast Shire, Torquay, Anglesea, Jan JucAll/mixed mutual aidAllSurf Coast COVID 19 Supporthttps://www.facebook.com/groups/234352924411727/
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Melbourne - East CoburgAll/mixed mutual aidAllEast Coburg Community Carehttps://www.facebook.com/groups/1959917370807180/
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Olinda - Olinda-Monbulk RoadAll/mixed mutual aidAllOlinda-Monbulk Rd Neighbourshttps://www.facebook.com/groups/OlindaMonbulk
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Macedon Ranges Shire - Lancefield and Romsey
All/mixed mutual aid plus long term community building and goods and favour exchanges
AllLancefield and Romsey Community Supporthttp://www.lancefield.org.au/lrcs/
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MelbourneAll/mixed mutual aidAllCOVID-19 Melbourne (AU) Mutual Aid
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